Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bendekai Mild Masala Palya - Ladies Finger In A Mild Spicy Gravy

Eat out or take away, my grand children always have one standard dish in their list when they order for food. Bhendi Masala is the dish they are never tired of. I prepare their favourite Bendekai Palya interlaced with a mild masala when they visit me for 'Chitra amma's saapaad'. That is how they lovingly mention the meals cooked by me

Ladies fingers/ Bendekai - 1/2 kg 
Tomatoes ( Chopped) - 2 cups 
Onion ( Chopped ) - 1 cup 
Green chillies(chopped) - 2tsps 
Ginger (peeled and chopped)- 1 tsp 
Pepper - 1/4 tsp 
Cashew nuts - 2 tbsps 
Sambar powder - 1 1/2 tsps 
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp 
Cinnamon - 1 small piece 
Salt - 1 1/2 tsps 
Sugar - 1 pinch 
Sesame oil - 3 tbsps 
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp +1/2tsp 

1.Grind onion, green chillies, ginger, pepper, cashew nuts, sambar powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds together, into a smooth paste adding little water and keep aside. 
2. Wash, dry and cut the ladies fingers/bendekai into on inch long  pieces. 
3. Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. 
4. When the cumin seeds splutter stir in the chopped ladies fingers/bendekai.  
5. Stir in one pinch of salt, and cover and cook for three or four minutes on low flame. 

6. Remove the lid and saute the vegetable till al dente and remove into a plate. 
7. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and add the ground masala paste. 
8. Fry till the masala gives out a very pleasant aroma and till the oil separates. 

9. Add the chopped tomatoes, sugar and salt, and cover and cook till the tomatoes turn to a pulp. 

10. When the gravy is smooth and thick stir in the sauteed ladies fingers/bendekai, cover and cook for a few more minutes on low flame. 

Switch off flame and enjoy the hot and flavoursome Bendekai Mild Masala Palya with hot rice or Chapaties.

2 Post your Comments:

kitchen queen said...

delicious and yummy bhindi gravy.

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, very tempting and fingerlicking palya..drooling here.